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CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

July
06

With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline.  In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD- 10 code set.

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CMS continues to implement the premium stabilization programs

June
30

"While they sound highly technical, reinsurance and risk adjustment are important milestones in a well-functioning and affordable marketplace that is able to cover all Americans without regard to their health status," said Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt. “The news here today should benefit lower premiums and suggests we've had fewer high-cost claims than some had feared."

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CMS’ Open Payments posts full year of 2014 financial data

June
30

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today published 2014 Open Payments data about transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care providers. The data includes information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to over 600,000 physicians and more than 1,100 teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion.

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Affordable Care Act payment model saves more than $25 million in first performance year

June
18

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced positive and promising results from the first performance year of the Independence at Home Demonstration, including both higher quality care and lower Medicare expenditures.    

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Administration increases transparency for consumers shopping for health insurance coverage

June
12

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury today issued final regulations to make it easier for people and employers to compare their options when shopping for and renewing health insurance coverage.  These rules also implement streamlined processes to help health insurance issuers and group health plans provide consumers easy to understand information. 

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